Auchenstroan Coloured Ryelands

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire BiosphereWe are Adrian and Nicole Doyle and this is our web site where we show our life on our small holding and showcase the products that we sell.

Our felted fleece rug workshops are now over for this year.  I was going to publish the 2023 dates in the spring, however I’ve had some enquiries already so … the dates are now published!  For more information about these fun days, please click here:  I also offer private sessions, please get in touch for more details.

We are delighted to offer a range of handmade felted fleece rugs, also known as “sheep-friendly sheepskin rugs” and “vegetarian sheepskin rugs”.  These are made from the wool (not the sheepskin) from a both our own sheep and those of neighbouring farms.  No animal is harmed in the process.  You can buy them from our shop.  Please note, due to the popularity of the rugs, we have struggled to keep up with demand so, if you find the shop empty, just read the shop updates to find out when new rugs will be added.  I also make rugs to order so if you’d like a rug and there are none showing in the shop, please send me an email on

We also have copies of Adrian’s books “This Smallholding Life” (about the balance between time, money and work on a  modern smallholding ) and “Dogs Talk” (dogs talk about their lives and what made things better for them) available in our shop  (paperback – UK only) or via Amazon (paperback and ebook).

We have recently added sheep pictures,  framed or mounted prints to our shop. These are painted by Matty Lamb (Nicole’s brother).  They feature our sheep going about their business with the Galloway Hills as their backdrop.

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If you would like to send us a review, please email us your comments or send them via our contact page, many thanks.

Review for felted fleece rug – Swaledale Mule

5/5 – stunning

Posted by Ann Garbett on 10th March 2022

“The rug arrived and is stunning.  Thank you for your beautiful, ethical craft”

Review for sheep friendly rugs

5/5 – thank you!

Posted by Nate Holbrook on  7th October 2021

“My wife and I got our rugs and absolutely love them! We appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship and our pups love cuddling on them.”

Review for sheep friendly rug

5/5 – thank you!

Posted by Susie Carter on 14th May 2021

“Just a note to thank you for this gorgeous sheepskin. It has warmed my new home so much and I’m very grateful!”

Review for sheep friendly rugs

5/5 – beautiful!

Posted by Julie Eckstrom on 25th February 2021

They are absolutely beautiful — I keep finding more and more depth in them every time I look at them. And they feel incredible, especially on cold toes in the morning! Thank you so much for these treasures!

Review for felted fleece rug

5/5 – thank you

Posted by Jess Dobkin on 3rd February 2021

Thanks again and again to you and your sheep.  This rug is such a special gift for a special occasion that will be treasured for a very long, long time

Review for felted fleece rug – soft cream curls

5/5 – thank you

Posted by Julie McCoy on 16th September 2020

Thank you for my beautiful rug, I am absolutely delighted with it!! It goes perfectly in my room and is so lovely and soft…

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